The event showcases the best of India’s traditional and classical dance forms, besides offering interesting insights into the rich cultural heritage of the country.
The 31st edition of the Konark Festival being organised by Odisha Tourism will be held at the open-air auditorium in the evening, said a tourism department statement.
The event will showcase the best of India’s traditional and classical dance forms, besides offering interesting insights into the rich cultural heritage of the country.
Leading exponents and dance enthusiasts of almost all classical dance forms of India, including Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Manipuri, Kuchipudi and Kathak, will take part in the five-day classical dance carnival.
Odissi dancer Arupa Gayatri Panda said, “The stage of Konark festival provides an opportunity to artists from all over the world. In 2015 I performed here representing the Odisha Dance Academy. The backdrop of the temple provides a unique experience to the audience. Audiences feel that the sculptures inscribed on the temple liven up.”
Keeping in view the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will be organised following all the guidelines and protocols.
Padmashree Awardee Odissi Dancer and Odisha Dance Academy Secretary Aruna Mohanty said, “For the first time this festival was open for the public. I thank the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for organising this festival. Things were arranged beautifully despite COVID limitations. This is a dream to be here in Konark and perform. It is wonderful to bring normal life back.”